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Hits its beats enough to make fans of the genre tap their feet along with the action on screen.
Calling the jokes lazy feels like I'm giving them too much credit.
Step Sisters is especially disappointing coming from director Charles Stone III, who gave the world the joy of Drumline. No one would care about Step Sister's generic script if the dance scenes popped.
There are other stories to tell about being Black on a PWI campus that don't involve racial injustice and trauma... Jamilah brought that narrative to life in Step Sisters, and honestly, that's good enough for me.
...while the stigma of skin color starts to fade in time for the film to make its statement on different worlds (from race to gender to class) relating and bonding over what they have in common, it's just a bit too late.
Dance-rivalry tale has racial themes, drinking, cursing.
Step Sisters tries to straddle a similar line, and it has a lot to say about race, sorority life, and sisterhood, but its characters are not so much real people as mere vessels for different viewpoints.
Step Sisters doesn't fall flat because it fails to address its problems, it botches its landing by treating them with too heavy a hand to be funny, inventive, or spark any meaningful, progressive conversation about them.
Step Sisters lacks the willingness to be creative and provide something unique and unexpected its audience.
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